Solstice, a provider of accessible community solar, has begun enrolling residents through the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC). This collaboration will bring affordable solar energy options to low- to moderate-income households across the 108 communities within the housing authority’s jurisdiction.
With more than 2,100 income-based housing units and rental assistance services for 13,000 families, the HACC is the second largest public housing authority in Illinois. Solstice will provide bilingual community solar education and enrollment events to residents, enabling them to access clean, renewable energy at reduced costs.
Community solar farms aim to address the energy burden faced by low- to moderate-income households, providing an opportunity for these communities to benefit from the environmental and economic advantages of solar power without having to own a home or report their credit score.
“Today marks a significant step towards a cleaner and more equitable Cook County,” says Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. “The collaboration between Solstice and the HACC to expand renewable energy access is a testament to the positive change that can be achieved when organizations come together with a shared mission.”
To further the mission of this collaboration the duo has set a goal of enrolling a minimum of 150 residents in the community solar program. Solstice will be coordinating with the HACC to host enrollment days where participants can receive help signing up. These events will provide personalized assistance and guidance to ensure that residents can easily access the benefits of community solar.
As part of its commitment to supporting the local community, Solstice will contribute $50 to the Friends of the Forest Preserves for every resident who enrolls in the community solar program. This contribution will help fund environmental conservation and recreational initiatives in the area, further enhancing the positive impact of renewable energy in the region.
“This collaboration aligns with our mission to democratize renewable energy access and create a more equitable energy landscape,” says Sarah Gyurina, partnership development associate at Solstice. “We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from solar power, regardless of income level. By working together with the HACC, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of families, and that’s not a task we take lightly.”
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